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A push to upgrade naphthas into petrochemicals

By Gerald Ondrey |

Last month, MOL Group (Budapest, Hungary: www.mol.hu) entered into a strategic partnership with Inovacat (Amersfoort, the Netherlands; www.inovacat.com) to further upscale and commercialize Inovacat’s Gasolfin gasoline-to-olefins technology, which converts low-valued gasoline and naphthas into high-value propylene, butylene and BTX (benzene, toluene, xylenes). MOL Group will support the next stages of the development program of Inovacat and will investigate different options for the implementation of Gasolfin in its production facilities. The Gasolfin technology may be inserted into almost any existing petroleum refinery (diagram) or petrochemical plant configuration. Gasolfin uses a proprietary catalytic system comprising modified zeolites tailored for the selected feedstock. The process operates at low-pressure and moderate temperature, utilizing standard processing equipment. The reactor section consists of multi-staged, fixed-bed reactors, which is optimized for cracking gasoline-boiling-range hydrocarbons immediately into propylene and butylenes. Also, the graded, mixed-catalyst bed guarantees long operating cycle times by minimizing deactivation reactions, such as coke formation, which is problematic for conventional, precious-metal…
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